First semester of a two-semester sequence. Designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Chinese language. Aim at developing basic communicative proficiency in Mandarin Chinese with equal attention to aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Learn some Chinese cultural facts and social-cultural etiquette when developing basic communicative competence in Chinese. Recognize and write approximately 250-300 characters by the end of the semester. Offered through the Duke Study in China program. One course.